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The name Adlam is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was given to a person who was a soldier. The surname Adlam literally means noble protector. The name was derived from the Old English adel helm which literally means "eagle shield."

Adlam Early Origins



The surname Adlam was first found in the county of Somerset in south western England where, it is said the family had been settled centuries before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

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Adlam Spelling Variations


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Adlam Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Adlam family name include Headlam, Adhelm, Eadhelm, Adelhelm, Addlam, Adlum, Adlam and many more.

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Adlam Early History


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Adlam Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Adlam research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1631, 1677, 1750 and 1823 are included under the topic Early Adlam History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Adlam Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Adlam Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include Captain W. Adlam, who fought with the "Roundheads" (Parliamentarians) during the English Civil War of the 17th century; Captain S. Adlam, who fought in...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Adlam Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Adlam In Ireland


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Adlam In Ireland



Some of the Adlam family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 41 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Adlam or a variant listed above:

Adlam Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Adlam who arrived at Nevis in 1670

Adlam Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Maria Adlam, aged 28, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Confiance"

Adlam Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • H.S. Adlam, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ariel" in 1856
  • David Adlam, aged 27, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Adlam (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Adlam (post 1700)



  • Lt. Colonel Tom Edwin Adlam (1893-1975), English soldier who was awarded the Victoria Cross in World War I
  • Adrian Adlam (b. 1963), British violinist, conductor and music educator
  • Major General William Adlam (1750-1823), English British Army soldier and artist

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Adlam Historic Events


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Adlam Historic Events




Hillcrest Coal Mine

  • Mr. Herbert Adlam (1887-1914), Welsh Timber Packer from Cardiff, South Wales, Wales, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    11. ...

    The Adlam Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Adlam Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 3 October 2016 at 07:55.

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